By UAVFACTORY Ltd. | August 18, 2021
Bend, Oregon, August 17, 2021 /Immediate Release/– UAV Factory LLC, a global leader in the tactical Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) technology, proudly announces the release of its production-ready Penguin C Mk2 Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) long-endurance aircraft. Based on the operationally proven and reliable catapult-launched Penguin C UAS, our Penguin C Mk2 VTOL platform is a complete, turnkey solution providing unmatched endurance and performance. The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL provides precision vertical takeoff and landing capability to support missions in more restrictive environments.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL introduces the patented AEROFLOW Boom Technology, enabling a 20% increase in flight endurance. The patented technology showcases hoods over the vertical lifting rotors that automatically enclose the lifting rotors while the vehicle is in horizontal flight, significantly reducing the parasitic drag on the vehicle. The result is 14+ hours of flight endurance, making it the ideal VTOL solution in its class. The VTOL booms are made of advanced carbon-fiber composite, which makes them both light and rigid. Battery replacement is quick and simple and can be done in under 2 minutes, minimizing the delay between flights. With the added weight of the booms to enable VTOL operations, the Penguin C Mk2 VTOL steps into the Group 3 UAS category with an MTOW of 32kg / 70.6 lb.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL UAS remains one of the smallest logistical footprints in its class. A full system consists of 3x Air Vehicles, 3x high-performance EO/IR Epsilon Gimbals, 1 GCS, and 1 MIMO Tracking Antenna. The entire system can be transported in 5 Pelican cases and allows for rapid and easy assembly.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL has a 4.5 kg / 9.9 lb payload capability and comes with one of our high-performance EO/IR gyro-stabilized payloads. The most advanced ISR payload that can be included on the Penguin C Mk2 VTOL is our Epsilon 180 gimbal from Octopus ISR, with its class-leading stabilization of 40 uRad jitter, and includes a cooled MWIR thermal imager with continuous 15x optical zoom and a long-range 90x zoom, 4K daylight camera. Other smaller EO/IR payloads, such as our Epsilon 140 series, are also available if desired. The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL also incorporates an innovative rapidly swappable payload nose cone, which can be changed out in less than 2 minutes. The nose cone is gyro-stabilized in roll axis, therefore adding an additional stabilization axis to any payload that the aircraft carries.
The Penguin C Mk2 VTOL aircraft completed an extensive flight validation program with over 600 successful takeoffs and landings in diverse environmental conditions. The aircraft is capable of routine takeoff and landing in 30 knots (15 m/s) winds as well as operations in extreme temperatures from -40°C to +50°C (-40°F to 122 °F).
About UAV Factory
UAV Factory (UAVF), the leader in the small fixed-wing UAV segment, was established in 2009 with the goal of developing the most advanced technology in the small, long-endurance unmanned aircraft market. In January 2021, AEI acquired UAVF to expand its unmanned systems platform offerings in the US and International markets. UAVF develops and produces fixed-wing UAV, UAV subsystems, stabilized EO/IR camera payloads, and accessories for the unmanned and manned aircraft industry. UAV Factory invests heavily in research and development and manufactures most of its UAV subsystems in-house. For more information, please visit www.uavfactory.com
About AE Industrial Partners
AE Industrial Partners is a private equity firm specializing in Aerospace, Defense & Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial markets. AE Industrial Partners invests in market-leading companies that can benefit from its deep industry knowledge, operating experience, and relationships throughout its target markets. AE Industrial Partners is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investing. Learn more at www.aeroequity.com.